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'The Martian' with Matt Damon: Box office record? 'The Martian' fights 'Gravity' for October box office record; actual winner, however, is an Earthbound comedy Released by 20th Century Fox, Ridley Scott's extremely well-received The Martian, starring Matt Damon in the title role as a U.S. astronaut fighting for his life after being left behind all alone on Mars, opened with an estimated $18 million on Friday, Sept. 30, '15, at 3,831 North American theaters, about two thirds of which in 3D. Bear in mind that the Friday estimate includes $2.5 million from Thursday evening and midnight screenings. Directed by eventual Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuarón, Warner Bros.' Gravity, another extremely well-received space movie about a pioneering American fearlessly kicking death's ass while stranded in a – literally – alien realm, collected $17.48 million over the same weekend back in 2013. Sandra Bullock starred as the lost-in-space astronaut and middle-American Mom struggling to »
- Zac Gille
Ahead of its home entertainment release next month, the deleted scenes from this year’s blockbuster dino-sequel Jurassic World have arrived online, and you can check them out right here…
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Directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed), Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help), Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3), Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer), Irrfan khan (Life of Pi) and Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil).
- Gary Collinson
Back in 2011, he same red-haired woman seemed to be in every movie you saw. That was Jessica Chastain who by year's end had racked up six roles on her resume -- “Coriolanus,” “The Help," “Take Shelter,” “Texas Killing Fields.” “The Tree of Life” and “Wilde Salome,” The buzz was so hot for her that she landed a Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for “The Help." She may have lost that race to co-star Octavia Spencer, but a star was born nonetheless. This year another fresh-faced ingenue has arrived in town by the name of Alicia Vikander. -Break- Dish the Oscars with Hollywood insiders in our red-hot forums Over the past several years, this Swedish import has been slowly building her profile with small roles in “A Royal Wedding” (2012), “Anna Karenina” (2012), and “The Fifth Estate” (2013). This year, she’s been just...' »
The latest NY Times Bestselling novel to be creating a lot of Hollywood buzz is Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train. Major female leads have already been cast with Emily Blunt (The Edge of Tomorrow) and Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation). Now insiders are reporting that two Hollywood actors from competing comic universes may be circling the project.
Chris Evans (Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Jared Leto (forthcoming Suicide Squad) are apparently both considering roles in film. It’s unclear at this point if Evans and Leto are considering the same role or two different ones. The addition of either actor would only continue to cement a strong cast. Casting both would give audiences a chance to see both men play supporting roles without their comic costumes or makeup.
The story follows Rachel (Blunt) as a daily commuter who often watches Tom and Megan (Ferguson) through her passing train window. »
- Jeff Bricker
Chastain, who is currently promoting her role opposite Matt Damon in Ridley Scott space drama The Martian, is known for dramatic roles in civil rights period piece The Help and super-serious science-fiction thriller Interstellar. But she retains an interest in taking on big-budget fantasy projects, provided the role on offer doesn’t require her to don tight clothing.
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- Ben Child
Leto said, when asked about the film: “I can’t wait for you to see this – they’re going to lock me away in a box after this movie comes out.”
The star’s words will continue to spark speculation about what role Joker will play in Suicide Squad and how Leto will approach the role made iconic on the big screen by names as big as Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger.
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- Tom Beasley
I’ve written a fair amount about The Martian already this year, and still have more planned in advance of its release next week, but having seen the film now, I have more to say. First of all, it’s a terrific movie, one of my favorites of 2015 so far, and a legitimate Academy Award contender. Where exactly will depend on a few factors, but what I want to focus on today is how it can score a Best Picture nomination. Essentially, it will have to be a big financial hit and be the blockbuster nominee of the group. Can it do it? Believe it or not…I think that it can. I mentioned that this will need to make money, and by that I mean that often Oscar will have a financial hit or two in its Best Picture lineup. Honestly, they almost always need to have made some money, »
- Joey Magidson
Before even a frame has shot, the buzz is building around "The Girl On The Train." The source material is Paula Hawkins' novel, which became something of a sensation this year. And the trio of lead actresses cast so far is pretty terrific too, with Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, and Haley Bennett all nabbing roles. Now, two more big names are boarding the picture. Variety reports Jared Leto and Chris Evans are in early talks for the movie, slated to be directed by Tate Taylor ("The Help," "Get On Up"). The plot revolves around a young woman whose observations of a married couple on her daily commute take a sudden, deadly turn when she sees something not quite right. And while the story has been transplanted from Britain to New York City, Blunt recently confirmed her character will keep her accent. "It's moved to New York but I'm going to play her as British, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the filmmakers behind the adaptation of best-selling novel The Girl on the Train may have found their leading men.
Captain America star Chris Evans and Oscar winner Jared Leto (Suicide Squad) are in negotiations to join the cast of Dreamworks’ adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ novel. Emily Blunt (Sicario), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) and Haley Bennett (The Magnificent Seven) are already on board the film as the female leads, with Tate Taylor (The Help) directing.
The film tells the story of Rachel (Blunt), “a woman who’s jobless and an alcoholic and who spends her daily train ride fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple living in a house that she passes. After coming home one night covered in blood and unable to remember much from a blackout drinking episode, she begins to realize that she may have witnessed or been involved in a crime. »
- Scott J. Davis
The Girl On The Train movie is getting some major traction at the moment, and it looks like two pretty big names are in talks to join the cast of the film.
If you’re not familiar with it, here’s a breakdown of the novel’s synopsis.
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that »
- Paul Heath
Paula Hawkins's bestseller The Girl on the Train is this Summer's Gone Girl, and it's also going to be adapted into a movie soon. The Help's director, Tate Taylor, will helm the mystery, which revolves around a woman (Ok, a girl) whose obsession with a couple she sees on her daily commute may be more insidious than it seems. Emily Blunt is playing the lead, the other lead actresses have been cast, and now, Chris Evans and Jared Leto may also star - if scheduling works out. If you're at all concerned that the guys will have trouble mastering the British accents, take heart: the movie will be set in New York now, rather than London. »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
“Pitch Perfect 2 is a sweet, funny bit of fluff that never hits a sour note!” said Jim Batts in his review for one of the best movies of 2015.
The high-spirited sequel to the movie that sparked a worldwide phenomenon is coming to Digital HD on September 1st and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand September 22 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Pitch Perfect 2 is packed with more original musical arrangements, memorable one-liners and offbeat romance as the original’s most beloved characters fight to regain their former glory on a worldwide stage facing off against the toughest competition on the planet. Hysterical behind-the-scenes bonus features, never-before-seen deleted footage, all-new musical performances and a hilarious gag reel make Pitch Perfect 2 a must own on Blu-ray™ and DVD. »
- Movie Geeks
Well, that didn.t take long. We just recently heard that Disney is getting back in to the Mary Poppins business, and already you can lay a wager on who will replace Julie Andrews in the lead role. (Can you ever really replace Julie Andrews?). EW has the betting odds on which actress will take over the role of the practically perfect nanny in Rob Marshall.s (Into the Woods) new film. It.s going to be an interesting thing to see as, set 20 years after the events of the 1964 original, it.s not quite a sequel, but not quite a reboot, but still somehow a little bit of both. Yeah, we.re curious, too. But for now, here are the betting favorites for the new Mary Poppins, should you care to lay a wager. Anna Camp With roles in movies like Pitch Perfect and The Help under her belt, »
Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5th 2016 and sees David Ayer (Fury) directing a cast that includes Will Smith (Focus) as Deadshot, Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) as The Joker, Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney (Terminator Genisys) as Captain Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop) as Rick Flagg, Viola Davis (The Help) as Amanda Waller, Cara Delevingne (Paper Towns) as Enchantress, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World) as Killer Croc, Ray Olubowale (Resident Evil: Afterlife) as King Shark, Jay Hernandez (Hostel) as El Diablo, Adam Beach (Flags of Our Fathers) as Slipknot, »
- Gary Collinson
Almost quarter of a century after her first appearance in the Batman: The Animated Series episode ‘Joker’s Favor’, Harley Quinn will make her big screen debut as part of Warner’s big DC supervillain ensemble Suicide Squad, which hits cinemas next year.
Back in May, DC Animated Universe legend Bruce Timm shared his thoughts on Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn [see here], and now fellow co-creator Paul Dini has followed suit, telling the Shanlian On Batman podcast (via Forbes) that:
“[Suicide Squad] very much a real-world look. Jared Leto’s version of [The Joker] is almost like a decadent rockstar and there’s a little bit of Sid and Nancy to the Joker and Harley look, which I always felt would not be a bad look if they were in a live-action movie. I know it’s jarring to a lot of the people who love the classic Bruce Timm suit, I love it myself. »
- Gary Collinson
Multiplex powerhouse Jurassic World has become only the fourth film to clear $1 billion outside of America, joining this year’s Furious 7 along with James Cameron’s one-two punch of Avatar and Titanic.
See Also: 2015 – The Best or Worst Year At The Box Office?
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The news puts the icing on the cake of an excellent summer for Universal, which can claim two of the films in the exclusive club from their 2015 slate alone, having also made Furious 7.
Colin Trevorrow’s reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise, starring Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help), now sits at $1.6 billion worldwide and is the third highest grossing movie of all time.
A sequel to the film is due in 2018, with both Pratt and Howard set to return.
Via: The Hollywood Reporter
- Tom Beasley
She’s equally at home in comic-book blockbusters, arthouse fare and awards bait, but could this coolly unflappable screen presence have made her first career missteps by returning to work with Allen on Irrational Man, and courting controversy in Aloha?
In the boiling mid-afternoon heat, Emma Stone looks as cool as you like. There’s no detectable air conditioning, and while I stagger in from the street puce of face and clammy of brow, Stone, as befits a pampered scion of Hollywood, is sitting calmly in a breeze that wafts through the window, peering around the wing of a large cane armchair.
It’s how you expect Stone to present herself, somehow: self-possessed, unflappable, wise beyond her years. She’s only 26, and has been an authentic movie star for just five years – since the release of high-school comedy Easy A in 2010 – but appears to have cycled through the Hollywood gears with apparent nonchalance. »
- Andrew Pulver
Pitch Perfect‘s Skylar Astin, Chris Lowell (The Help, Veronica Mars) and Angelica Maria (Qué Bonito Amor, Sea Of Dreams) have been cast opposite Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon in the Epix original series Graves, a single-camera half-hour political satire produced by Lionsgate. Production is scheduled to begin this fall for premiere on Epix in autumn 2016. In Graves, 25 years after his presidency, former Commander in Chief Richard Graves (Nolte) has the epiphany that his… »
When DreamWorks signed a deal in 2009 for its films to be distributed and partly funded by Disney, it appeared to be a victory for both sides. The addition of Steven Spielberg’s studio would give a then stripped-down Disney film slate a considerable boost, and DreamWorks would have a strong partner to help promote its brand worldwide.
Within just seven months, though, the Disney executive who drove the deal was gone, the Mouse House had made the second of three big deals that would put it firmly in the tentpole business, and one of Hollywood’s most celebrated directors felt like he was nowhere near a top priority for the entertainment conglomerate.
That reversal of allegiances comes front and center now, as sources confirm that Disney will not renew the pact with DreamWorks. Although several studios are discussing the possibility of bringing DreamWorks into the fold, insiders say that Universal »
- James Rainey and Brent Lang
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